The Results Are In - Nursing Informatics Careers Continue Upward Momentum

by Joyce Sensmeier, vice president, informatics, HIMSS North America

Experience and salary continue to increase for nursing informatics specialists, as reported in the HIMSS 2017 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey. HIMSS has been tracking the upward trajectory of this specialty since 2004 and recently announced this year’s results.

80% of survey respondents report being satisfied or highly satisfied with their careers. And, one reason may be that their salaries continue to rise. Nearly half of respondents indicated a base salary of over $100,000, with 34% also reporting that they received a bonus. Those who hold a certification in nursing informatics or a post-graduate degree had a higher salary than those without; over half of those with a certification or post-graduate degree made more than $100,000 a year compared to 37% of those without.

  • 2017 Salary 46% > $100,000
  • 2014 Salary 33% > $100,000

Professional development continues to be a high priority, as over half of the survey respondents reported having a post-graduate degree; increasingly that degree is in informatics or nursing informatics. And, 41% of these nurses are currently enrolled in a formal informatics education program. Certification was also achieved by nearly half of respondents, making an impact on their career. Two fifths of respondents have moved into a new role with greater responsibility after achieving certification.

  • 57% hold a post-graduate degree
  • 29% hold a Master’s Degree or PhD in Informatics

Informatics nurses are also increasing in their years of experience. A majority of this year’s respondents reported seven or more years of informatics experience, and one third has been in their current position for more than five years.

  • Informatics Experience
    • >10 years = 31%
    • 5-10 years = 36%
    • 1-4 years = 24%

While the majority of respondents still report to the Information systems/technology department of their organization, there seems to be a shift with an increase in the number of respondents reporting to administration or corporate headquarters. Nearly one-third also reported that their organization has a senior nursing informatics executive or CNIO, a slight increase from 2014.

Other key facts… lack of administrative support and staffing resources remain the #1 barrier. And, digital sources are increasingly used for continuing education.

So, where do you fit in these results? Find out more at www.himss.org/ni and join in the online dialogue or network with your peers onsite in Orlando at the HIMSS17 Nursing Informatics Symposium. Either way, we hope to ‘see’ you soon!


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